Do you feel you’re here to fulfil a purpose in life? And perhaps you have no clue what that purpose is?
Or do you have a really good idea what it is, but you have no idea what to do to fulfil it?
I was having a really interesting conversation with a client the other week about this, and it got me thinking.
I love to talk about reconnecting to our purpose, but what does it really mean?
I believe that our life purpose is something that unfolds day to day, month to month, year to year.
But feeling a connection to our purpose is something we do every day. This, for me, is about continuing to live more authentically and do what feels important and harmonious to us in the moment. It’s about getting to know ourselves better as time goes on. It’s about doing more of what feels good to us every day.
Purpose is different for everyone.
I guess it’s a bit of a dance we do in life. You slowly move towards your bigger life purpose. Then, perhaps, something happens that distracts you, or challenges you and you focus on that for a while. Perhaps as a result your purpose has shifted and changed a bit.
When you move towards what you want, you connect to joy, contentment and peace. You take a few steps closer towards your purpose.
But sometimes you stray from your purpose and you forget what’s important to you.
Sometimes, we’re busy fulfilling everyone else’s dreams or doing what we believe we should be doing in order to ensure everyone else is happy.
You forget about what’s important to you. And this is when it’s time to stop and reconnect to your Purpose.
My purpose is always growing and expanding. It changes as my confidence grows. It shifts as I get to know and understand myself better.
I started off as an IT and project manager. I’ve worked for charities, I’ve set up a local organic veg box. That can’t be further from where I am today, but I recognise that every step of the way was important and necessary to get me to where I am today.
I’ve learnt so much about myself in doing all those things. I learned what’s important to me. I learned what my strengths are. I learned what my weaknesses are.
I am still learning.
And although I’m living closer to my purpose, I also know I’m not there yet.
My purpose continues to unfold.
Do I know where it’s heading? Not really, but I have an idea though I’m not entirely sure where I will end up. I trust that if I continue to follow my hopes and my dreams, I will get closer and closer. But in the meantime I try to live my purpose every day (with the odd mistake every now and again, of course!)
Here are 3 tips to finding your life purpose:
- Relax – there’s no hurry to get there. Remember you don’t have to figure it all out right now. Be patient, and enjoy the journey as it unfolds.
- Clarity – What’s important to you right now? Write a list of these things. Start talking about them with friends and family. Start doing things on that list and see where it takes you.
- Trust – follow your instinct and what feels good. Only you know what feels good and makes you feel alive. It’s not up to anyone else, but you. Take one step to doing something for yourself.
Remember: Start small and build from there.
P.S. Do you feel connected to your purpose? Are you allowing it to unfold or are you letting life pass you by? By doing something different you will start to find a solution that works for you. Give it a go, what have you got to lose?
P.P.S. Reply by email – I’d love to hear how you are getting on, or let me know if you’re struggling and need a little inspiration to make a start!? firstname.lastname@example.org